Education | Gerontology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
P513 | 5882 | Susan J. Eklund
Hooyman, N.R. & Kiyak, H.A. (1998). Social Gerontology: A
Multidisciplinary Perspective. (5th edition). Allyn and Bacon, Inc.
Cozic, C.P. (Ed.) (1996). An Aging Population: Opposing Viewpoints.
San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press.
Scientific American Presents: The Quest to Beat Aging, Vol 11, No. 2.
Additional electronic resources:
Check out the Web site for the Indiana University Center on Aging and
Aged. Links are provided to the major databases on aging throughout
the U.S. URL: www.indiana.edu/~caa/ Also search the Ageline database
available online. You will have in-class insruction on searching for
aging-related information on the internet.
An overview of areas involved in the study of aging including
biological and health aspects, psychological aspects, sociological
aspects, and social policy issues. Includes the major theoretical
approaches to aging and current research in each area listed above.
Guest speakers and videos are also included to broaden the perspective
on aging and address issues of application of knowleddge to the
problems of the aged. Class discussion and experiential exercises
will also be used to increase your understanding of the aging
Course objectives: Upon completion of the course a student should be
1) to understand basic terms and concepts in multi-disciplinary
2) to explain the inter-relatedness of biological, psychological, and
social aspects of aging.
3) to identify and understand societal and individual consequences of
demographic changes in an aging society.
4) to explain major theories of aging.
5) to understand research methods used by gerontologists.
6) to understand and be able to discuss major public policies related
7) to access and us library and electronic data sources on aging.
8) to relate knowledge of aging processes to real life experiences.
9) to translate research on aging to implications for practice with
For undergraduate credit (H324): There will be 2 unit examination and
Dr. Kennedy's evaluation. Each of these will count for 20% of your
grade for a total of 60%. The final examination, which will be
comprehensive, will also count for 20%. Participation in experiential
exercises and shor reaction papers will constitute the remaining 20%.
Class attendance and participation will be taken into consideration
when grade is borderline.
For graduate credit (P513 or H524): There will be 2 unit examinations
and Dr. Kennedy's evaluation. These 3 components will count for 50%
or your grade. Participation in experiential exercises and short
papers will constitute another 10%. An in-depth literature review
paper in an area related to aging will count for 40% of your grade.
The primary purpose of this paper is to help you attain a more
detailed knowledge of an area of your choice than is possible to
present in an overview course. The secondary purpose of the paper is
to help you relate some area of gerontology to your own major are of
study. The paper must be contracted for with Dr. Eklund or Dr.
Kennedy no late than October 11, 2000 and will be due on December 4,
2000. (The final examination is not required for graduate students).
Course Outline: Tentative Schedule - dates for some topics are subject
I. Introduction to Gerontology
August 28 - Introductory session - What is gerontology? Why should we
Overview of this course.
Video on Careers in Aging (10 min.) Brochures on Careers in Aging.
Exercise: "Your Aging Self" to be turned in at next class.
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak pp. 1-9. Preface and Introduction.. Scientific
American (SA),pp. 6-7.
August 30 - Demographics and Aging - John Kennedy
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp 10-24 on population change. Cozic, pp 9-51
Introduction and How will a nging population affect America? SA pp.
Exercise: "Experiences with Elderly People" for next class.
September 4 - Research Methods for Studying Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp 24-32 on How the older population is
Debrief on "Your Aging Self" and "Experiences with the Elderly"
September 6 - Historical and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp 35-50. Historical and Cross-cultural
Holmes, E.R. & Holmes, L.D. (1995) Other Cultures, Elder Years
Chapter 6 Varieties of Aging Experience. Pp. 145-182 (Reserve)
II. Biological and Physiological Aspects of Aging
September 11 - Biology of Aging - and overview
Video: Stealing Time I: Quest for Immortality (60 min)
Read: SA pp. 30-37; 39-43; 45-49; 51-55; 57-61; 69-71.
Rowe, J.W. and Kahn, R.L. (1987) Human aging: Usual and successful.
Science, 237 : 143-149 (Reserve)
Rowe, J.W. and Kahn, R.L. (1997) Successful aging. The Gerontologist,
September 18 - Sensory Change with Age
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 72-91 on sensory changes
Experiential exercise: "A Surprise Snack" (Done in class)
September 20 - Diseases and Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp 93-128 on health, Chronic Diseases, and Use
of Health Services SA pp. 80-84; 87-91.
September 25 - EXAM #1 over all material covered to date
III: Psychological Aspects
September 27 - Intelligence and Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 133-156
October 2 - Learning, Memory and Aging
Video on Learning and Memory
Readings: To be assigned
October 4 - Personality and Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 157-173
Short paper: In a 1 page paper, discuss some experiences in later
years that may affect an older person's self-concept and that may
negatively influence their self-esteem. (Due Oct. 9)
October 9 - Mental Disorders in Later Life
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 173-196
SA pp. 73-79; 93-97
October 11 - Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Later Life
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 203-221
GRADUATE STUDENTS' PAPER PROPOSALS DUE TODAY
IV. Sociological Aspects of Aging
October 16 - Social Theories of Aging - John Kennedy
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 229-243
Short Paper: After this class you should write a one page paper
explaining which one of thes social theories best fits some older
person with whom you have had experience. You should choose someone
whom you included in the earlier exercise on experiences with the
elderly. Turn this paper in at the next class session. (Due October
October 18 - Social Support and Aging
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 287-314
Guest Lecture - Dr. Phil Stafford
Exercise: Complete Home Assessment Worksheet (Due October 25)
October 25 - Aging and Changing Roles
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 319-357
Debrief: Home Assessment Worksheet
October 30: Exam #2 over Psychological and Sociological Aspects
V. Social Policy Issues and Aging
November 1-27 (This unit will be taught by John Kennedy. You will
receive this part of the syllabus later.)
November 22 - Thanksgiving Break
November 27 Last class on Social Policy Issues
GRADUATE STUDENTS; PAPERS DUE DEC. 4
December 1 - Aging in Persons with Developmental Disablities
Readings to be assigned
Guest Lecture - Dr. Phil Stafford
December 6 - Death and Dying
Read: Hooyman & Kiyak, pp. 365-387
December 8 - LAST CLASS - CLASS EVALUATION - and wrap-up discussion
(for graduates and undergraduates)
December 13 - Final Examination form 7:15 - 9:15 PM (For
This examination will be comprehensive. Study guide will be provided.